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The program in Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies (CLS) offers a systematic and interdisciplinary analysis of Mexican- and Latin-American-origin people, cultures, and collectivities within the United States. The CLS certificate is designed to provide students with a broad knowledge base and the intellectual tools to understand the unity and diversity of U.S. Latina/o populations. The primary objective of the CLS program is to train students in the study of Chicana/o and Latina/os, as well as to introduce them to the central questions, topics, and applications that have emerged in this field of inquiry.

An undergraduate certificate in Chicana/o and Latina/o studies is available for those students from any undergraduate major who wish to pursue Chicana/o and Latina/o studies courses in a systematic manner. Information on the certificate is available in the Student Advising Office, 307 Ingraham Hall. Prospective certificate students must make an appointment with Rachelle Eilers, reilers@wisc.edu, to discuss requirements, courses, and application to the certificate.

Completion of the certificate requires a minimum of 15 credits in Chicana/o and Latina/o studies. A maximum of 3 credits earned through a directed study course (CHICLA 699) can count toward the certificate.

Select one Introduction Course:
Introduction to Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies
Select at least one additional 100- or 200-level course
Introduction to Comparative US Ethnic and American Indian Studies
Chicana/o and Latina/o Cultural Studies
Topics in Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies
Politics in Multi-Cultural Societies
Chicana and Latina History
Coming to Terms with Cultural Diversity: Invitation to Dialogue
Race and the Developing Child
Critical Aspects of Teaching, Schooling, and Education
Latin America: An Introduction
Problems of American Racial and Ethnic Minorities
At least 9 credits of advanced courses:
Chicana/o and Latina/o History
Mexican-American Politics
Chicano/Latino Educational Justice
Latinas: Self Identity and Social Change
Chicana/o and Latina/o Literatures
Latino/as and Media
Latino History and Politics
Colony, Nation, and Minority: The Puerto Ricans' World
US Latino Literature
Popular Culture in the Multi-racial United States
Integrative Seminar in Chicana/o Studies
Dimensions of Latin@ Mental Health Services
US Latino Literature
Chicano/Latino Educational Justice
Understanding Latino Families and Communities
Topics in Chicano/a Studies
Race, Ethnicity, and Media
The American West to1850
The American West Since 1850
Sociodemographic Analysis of Mexican Migration
Advanced Topics in Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies
Directed Study 1
Special Topics: Counseling and Counseling Psychology (Immigrant Health and Well-Being)
Special Topics: Counseling and Counseling Psychology (Working w/ Latinx Populations)
Special Topics: Counseling and Counseling Psychology (Working with Refugee Families)
Carmen Miranda
Racial Ethnic Families in the U.S.
American Labor History: 1900-Present
Latino History and Politics
Proseminar: Topics in Political Science (Cuba U.S. Relations: Past & Present)
Topics in Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies (US & Latin America from Colonial Era to Present)
Topics in Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies (Labor in Americas The U.S. and Mexico in Comparative and Historical Perspective )
Topics in Hispanic Cultures in the U.S. (Topics in Hispanic Cultures in the U.S.)
General Seminar (Language and Culture in the Borderlands)
Labor in the Americas: US & Mexico in Comparative & Historical Perspective
Topics in Hispanic Cultures in the U.S.
Special Topics in Counseling and Guidance
Race and Politics in the United States

 residence and quality of work

  • 8 credits in CHICLA or credits counting toward the certificate, taken in residence
  • A cumulative 2.000 GPA in courses counting toward the certificate

Certificate COMPLETION REQUIREMENT

This undergraduate certificate must be completed concurrently with the student’s undergraduate degree. Students cannot delay degree completion to complete the certificate.

1. Identify and discuss key contemporary expressions, situations, and theoretical interpretations of Chican@ and Latin@ life in the United States.

2. Discuss the differences and commonalities (culture, indigeneity, Diaspora, national origin, migration and immigration, citizenship, phenotype, gender, sexual orientation, sexuality, language, geography, economics, and worldviews and values) that shape the intersecting experiences and tensions within and across Chican@ and Latin@ populations.

3. Describe ways social histories, sociocultural, and sociopolitical histories of Chican@s and Latin@s in relation to the development of the United States as a nation and the role of this relationship in shaping the racialization, social stratification, and oppressions of these populations. 

4. Analyze, critique, and interpret theory and research on Chican@ and Latin@ populations.

5. Engage in experiential based learning and/or applied action based research to bridge theory, action, and community service with Chican@ and Latin@ populations.

An undergraduate certificate in Chicana/o and Latina/o studies is available for those students from any undergraduate major who wish to pursue Chicana/o and Latina/o studies courses in a systematic manner. Academic advising for the CLS certificate is available in the Student Advising Office, 307 Ingraham Hall.  Prospective and current certificate students must make an appointment with Rachelle Eilers, reilers@wisc.edu, to discuss requirements, courses, and application to the certificate.

CHICANA/O AND LATINA/O STUDIES (CLS) Director

  • Ben Marquez (Political Science)

Faculty

  • Jim Escalante (Art)
  • Alberta M. Gloria (Counseling Psychology)
  • Mary Louise Gomez (Curriculum and Instruction)
  • Taucia Gonzalez (Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education)
  • Paola Hernandez (Spanish and Portuguese)
  • Armando Ibarra (School for Workers, UW-Extension)
  • Susan L. Johnson (History)
  • Michael Light (Chicana/o & Latina/o Studies and Sociology)
  • Ruben Medina (Spanish and Portuguese)
  • Alfonso Morales (Urban and Regional Planning)
  • Mariana Pacheco (Curriculum and Instruction)
  • Steve Quintana (Counseling Psychology)
  • Carolina Sarmiento (School of Human Ecology)
  • Revel Sims (Chicana/o & Latina/o Studies and Urban and Regional Planning)
  • Lynet Uttal (Counseling Psychology)
  • Carmen Valdez (Counseling Psychology)
  • Kate Vieira (English)

Instructors: Kimberly Hernandez and Ana Marcela Fuentes

Emeritus Faculty: Andrea-Teresa Arenas, Consuelo López-Springfield, Francisco Scarano, and Steve Stern

Staff

  • Rachelle Eilers (Certificate Advisor)
  • Peter Haney (Program Administrator)
  • Natalie Mena (Project Assistant)